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Submerged UK

A climate campaign

By Lauren Darn

'The real war against climate change is being fought on our plates'

Nil Zacharias. Co-Founder of One Green Planet

Environmentally Friendly diet

If you're feeling powerless about climate change there's some good news. Adopting a vegetarian or vegan diet could be the most simple but profound change you make, as it dramatically reduces your daily carbon footprint! This is because livestock and their byproducts account for at least 32,000 million tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) per year, or 51% of all worldwide greenhouse gas emissions. Furthermore; methane is 25-100 times more destructive than CO2 on a 20 year time frame because it's more powerful at trapping heat in the world's atmosphere.

 

Excessive methane levels in our atmosphere can be rectified much faster than high CO2 levels, buying us time to develop and install clean energy, transport and electricity everywhere (http://www.cowspiracy.com/facts/). A study of British people’s diets, conducted by University of Oxford scientists found that meat-rich diets...resulted in 7.2kg of carbon dioxide emissions each day. Vegetarian and pescatarian diets create, on average, around 3.8kg of CO2, whilst plant based diets produce 2.9kg. The research analysed the food eaten by 56,000 citizens.

According to a poll conducted by Ipsos MORI, the number of British citizens following a plant based diet in Britain has increased by 360% in the last ten years, so that now at least 542,000 of us have adopted this environmentally friendly lifestyle. Scroll down to learn how you can improve the climate and your own health simply by reducing your meat intake and introducing more plants into your diet. It's free and you don't need to wait. You can start making positive change with your next meal!

HOW DOES YOUR DINNER AFFECT THE PLANET?

HOW CAN YOU MAKE YOUR DIET SUSTAINABLE?

These posters and other resources can be found at: http://www.cowspiracy.com/infographic

But where do you get your protein from?

NHS recommends that adults (19-64 years) need 700mg of calcium a day. Anything above 1,500mg a day could lead to stomach pain and diarrhoea.

The Vegan Society's

Guide to Calcium Intake.

Recommended protein for adults=

0.8 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight, or 0.36 grams per pound. This amounts to: 56 grams per day for the average sedentary man. 46 grams per day for the average sedentary woman.

The NHS recommends that the amount of iron you need is:

  • 8.7mg a day for men over 18

  • 14.8mg a day for women aged 19-50 years

  • 8.7mg a day for women over 50

These handy posters are downloadable from www.simplehappykitchen.com

'Focus not upon the few things we give up, but upon the vast array of marvellous things we have to gain '

TOP TIPS​

  • If the supermarket isn't within walking distance, order groceries online from home instead of driving to the shops.

  • If you want to reduce your consumption of animal products, make sure you introduce more new ingredients into your meals than you take out. The United Nations Food And Agriculture Organization estimates that there are between 250,000 and 300,000 species of edible plants, so veganism really is a diet of incredible abundance.  Replace meat with something just as tasty and filling, and do your research to make sure you're properly nourished. 

  • Join a vegan community online. There are many passionate and experienced vegan advocates, bloggers and you-tubers who can guide and advise you on your journey to a plant based lifestyle. 

  • Buy local, seasonal produce wherever you can. The Eat Seasonably website shows which fruits and vegetables are in season throughout the year. It's better for the planet 'because growing in season requires lower levels of artificial inputs than at other times of the year'. 

  • Go to the Grow Your Own link on the Get Involved page to get tips on working your own kitchen garden or allotment! 

  • See if there are any zero waste shops in your area. Try to reduce on packaging by taking your own bags and containers with you .

  • Use https://www.happycow.net to find vegan and veggie options in restaurants around the world!

  • Visit a pay as you feel Junk Food Project Cafe to support their vision for decreasing food waste. 

Check out these stats

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recipes

When people swap to a plant based diet, they find themselves becoming more adventurous in the kitchen. Herbs and spices start to stack up on shelves, alongside a range of curiously shaped veg in all the colours of the rainbow. In this section you will find links to books and websites where you can find delicious recipes. And for those of you who simply don't have the time to create your own culinary delights, I have prepared a list of my favourite fresh and frozen vegan foods which can be found at UK supermarkets currently. The link to the Wombles blog below is a great resource for identifying a wider range of delicious vegan food at your preferred supermarket. For more ideas and recipes check out the submergeduk blog.

Vegan Recipe Books:

Vegan Recipes Online: 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

my favourite staple items and a few treats

MORRISONS

This supermarket have extended their range of own brand veggie foods, and amongst my recommendations are: 

ALDI

SAINSBURYS

TESCO

 

ASDA

M&S

 

HOLLAND AND BARRETT

 

WAITROSE

http://www.benjerry.com/flavors/non-dairy

Link to WOMBLE'S Supermarket Vegan LIST